David Cummins

David graduated with a B.Agr.Sc. degree in Animal & Crop Production from UCD in 2001 and completed an M.Agr.Sc degree in Crop Science in 2003. He joined the Department of Agriculture in 2005 and worked in the Potato Centre, Tops, Raphoe, Co. Donegal for a year and a half before moving to the Official Seed Testing Laboratory in Backweston Campus, Celbridge, Co. Kildare in 2006, where he was deputy head of the laboratory. His duties there included seed health testing, quality assurance/accreditation and general seed testing, dealing primarily with cereal and grass seeds. In 2010 David was a personal member of the International Seed Testing Association and represented Ireland at the 2010 ISTA Congress. In 2013 David moved to Crop Evaluation & Certification Division of the Department and is now based at Ballyderown Farm, Kilworth, Co. Cork in the herbage evaluation section which implements the National Crop Evaluation Programme for grasses and clovers. His main duties include the organisation of National List and Recommended List grass and clover trials at the different trial sites around the country and analysis of trial data.